Employment Law Paper

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Employment Law Paper
Tonya J. Sevion
BUS / 415 Business Law
University of Phoenix
Dr. Deborah Alsup, Instructor
April 1, 2008

Employment Law Paper

The Civil Rights Act enacted in 1964 (Title VII) was initiated to prohibit employment discrimination regardless of race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. In the early 1990’s employment discrimination legislation passed two major Acts. The 1991 Americans with Disabilities Act and Civil Rights Act. These amendments were to strengthen, as well as, improve Federal civil rights laws; to provide damages in cases of intentional employment discrimination, and to clarify provisions regarding disparate impact actions.

While working at Muncie Federal Bank, as Teller in 1990, I was faced with the grueling disheartening fact that discrimination is not limited to racial issues. There are numerous factors that motivate people to discriminate; one being Sports. A young lady named Angel started working alongside me; she was the wife of Bernard, a promising football player for the local University. Although, I had been employed for several months prior to Angel, there was a noticeable difference in the treatment she and I received from upper management. They became familiar with her, engaging in lots of laughter and casual conversations daily, when all I had ever received was a casual hello. Their interest in her husband sparked enthusiasm and became the talk of the day. Normal business duties took a back seat, and so did the solemn quietness of the office atmosphere, which was in past described as professionalism by my preceptor. Angel took advantage of her new found fame; she talked most of the day with little to no work production. Everyone appeared to be ok about her work ethics, except for me considering I had never been invited me into the conversations; however, there was a noticeable increase in my work load. Why didn’t the same rules apply to Angel? One day while performing the usual...
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